LEGACY FUNDS GRANT PROGRAM

The Community Foundation of NCW is excited to announce the new Legacy Funds Grant Program. This grant program will focus on place-based, community-centered grant distribution to charitable organizations, meeting community needs throughout North Central Washington. This competitive grant program replaces the Regional Impact Grant and is the main source of grant funding from the Foundation for nonprofits throughout NCW.

Legacy Fund Grants will provide unrestricted funding to nonprofits by geographic region in Cashmere, Chelan Valley, Methow Valley, Okanogan Valley, Upper Valley, and Wenatchee Valley. These funds have been established by donations from local individuals and families who wanted to create a meaningful legacy to their community.

Local Advisory Boards (LABs) have been established for each Legacy Fund comprised of community volunteers from within each community. Along with a Community Foundation Trustee and staff, LAB volunteers will review, evaluate, and determine grant award recipients. LAB members have received training on the Foundation’s grant guidelines, policies, and how to evaluate grant applications. The Foundation is excited to include local community members in the grantmaking process as they know the needs of their communities.

Grant Criteria

Organizations serving Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties will complete one standard grant application and select their geographic area based on where their organization is headquartered. Organizations that serve multiple communities can only apply to one Legacy Fund Grant per cycle.

Each grant has its own criteria established by its Local Advisory Board. Click the grant below to see qualifications and important information before you apply.

  • Application opens: July 1
  • Application deadline: Aug 15
  • Must be a 501c3 public charity
  • Government agencies and faith-based organizations are eligible only for project-specific funding that meets CFNCW’s Grant Guidelines
  • Minimum award $2,000 - committee will determine award
  • Public Schools are ineligible
  • Fiscal Sponsorships allowed
  • No wait period (can apply each year)

Learn More About the Cashmere Fund

  • Application opens: July 1
  • Application deadline: Aug 15
  • Must be a 501c3 public charity
  • Government agencies are ineligible
  • Faith-based organizations are eligible only for project-specific funding that meets CFNCW’s Grant Guidelines
  • Minimum award $2,000 - committee will determine award
  • Public Schools are ineligible
  • Fiscal Sponsorships allowed
  • No wait period (can apply each year)

Learn More About the Chelan Valley Fund

  • Application opens: Dec 1
  • Application deadline: Jan 15
  • Must be a 501c3 public charity
  • Government agencies and faith-based organizations are eligible only for project-specific funding that meets CFNCW’s Grant Guidelines
  • $4,000 and $9,000 grant awards available
  • Public Schools are ineligible
  • Fiscal Sponsorships allowed
  • Organizations who receive a $9,000 Methow Valley Fund Grant award must wait out one funding cycle.

Learn More About the Methow Valley Fund

  • Application opens: Feb 1
  • Application deadline: Mar 15
  • Must be a 501c3 public charity
  • Government agencies and faith-based organizations are eligible only for project-specific funding that meets CFNCW’s Grant Guidelines
  • Minimum award $2,000 - committee will determine award
  • Public Schools are ineligible
  • Fiscal Sponsorships allowed
  • No wait period (can apply each year)

Learn More About the Okanogan Valley Fund

  • Application opens: July 1
  • Application deadline: Aug 15
  • Must be a 501c3 public charity
  • Government agencies and faith-based organizations are eligible only for project-specific funding that meets CFNCW’s Grant Guidelines
  • Minimum award $2,000 - committee will determine award
  • Public Schools are ineligible
  • Fiscal Sponsorships allowed
  • No wait period (can apply each year)

Learn More About the Upper Valley Fund

  • Application opens: July 1
  • Application deadline: Aug 15
  • Must be a 501c3 public charity
  • Government agencies and faith-based organizations are eligible only for project-specific funding that meets CFNCW’s Grant Guidelines
  • Minimum award $2,000 - committee will determine award
  • Public Schools are ineligible
  • Fiscal Sponsorships allowed
  • Organizations who awarded a Regional Impact Grant in 2024 are not eligible until July 1, 2025.

Learn More About the Wenatchee Valley Fund

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Xitlali Cruz

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.

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Aero Methow Rescue Service

GRANT RECIPIENT

Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.

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Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services

GRANT RECIPIENT

The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

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Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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